DeKALB – TAILS Humane Society Executive Director Beth Drake is leaving her position May 15 to become the new executive director at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin.
TAILS, located at 2250 Barber Greene Road in DeKalb, is an animal shelter and adoption center that cares for over 2,500 displaced pets each year. Drake became the organization's program director in 2003 and afterwards became the first executive director.
Drake said helping animals is her mission and passion in life.
"With a science teacher father, an elementary school teacher mother, and my bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from NIU, I have always been involved with making a difference," Drake said. "I've been around animals, and they've been in my life since I was an infant."
Drake was the director of operations at Anderson Animal Shelter from 2000 until 2003. During that time, she also held a position on TAILS' board of directors.
"I will look to find ways that Anderson Animal Shelter and TAILS can partner in the future," Drake said. "I am excited to create that partnership."
Drake's leaving the organization will bring about changes, but work will continue on the indoor animal exercise area project that began under her direction.
"I firmly believe that occasional changes in leadership are good," Drake said. "New people will bring new ideas and perspectives. I have no doubt TAILS would benefit from that."
"We are greatful for Beth's years of service," Marc Strauss, TAILS board president, said. "She has driven TAILS to be a respected not-for-profit organization in the community. We are sorry to see her leave, but also excited for the future."
The board is searching for Drake's replacement, Strauss said.
"The organization has done a lot of good for a lot of animals," Strauss said. "I'm sure that that won't change."